Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Don Forster
Submission Date March 30, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Seneca College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.41 / 4.00 Paula Echeveste
Sustainability Supervisor
Facilities
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
32,835

Total number of students enrolled for credit that are served (i.e. directly targeted) by a student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting to the extent feasible):
28,000

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
85.27

Name of the student educators program:
Waste Reduction Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
28,000

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:

Seneca aims to be a leader both academically and environmentally. As environmental stewards, we seek progressive solutions to reduce waste, increase recycling rates, and implement sustainable technologies. Seneca's philosophy is continuous growth, with a focus on reducing, reusing, and recycling waste generated across our campuses.

As part of an internal waste-reduction initiative, Facilities Management hired a group of student ambassadors and implemented new signage during every semester since fall 2017 until winter 2019 to promote Seneca’s waste diversion program.

The result, based on Seneca’s monthly waste collection data, was a 75 per cent increase in compostable material collected between April and December of 2017 as compared to the same period the year before.

Overall, Facilities Management found that campuses with more ambassadors experienced greater increases in waste diversion activities.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

The student waste ambassadors were interviewed and hired based on their knowledge, experience and interest in the program.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:

Each student ambassador were subjected to 4 hour training session where they were explained the objective of the program, the differnet waste streams of the College and the acceptance criteria.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination):

They were part of the department, part-time student employees


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):
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A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination) (2nd program):
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Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (3rd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):
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A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination) (3rd program):
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A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs, including the number of students served and how student educators are selected, trained, and supported by the institution:
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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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